International Women's Day
It’s International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But it’s also a time to focus on the work that still needs to be done to accelerate gender equality. With this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, there is no better way to celebrate the day than by featuring organisations and charities that work daily to support women around the world and #breakthebias.
Girls who code
Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organisation working to break the bias and close the gender gap by teaching girls and women computer science skills and offering them opportunities to kick start careers in the tech industry. By donating to Girls Who Code, you are helping to close the gender gap in a male dominated industry.
Women for Refugee Women
This organisation helps women who have fled their own country to seek safety in the UK, supporting them by helping build confidence and communication skills through support groups, classes and English lessons. They also work with policy makers to work towards a fairer asylum process in the UK.
Ukrainian Women’s Fund
Ukrainian Women’s Fund promotes gender equality and supports women, girls, and gender non-conforming people in Ukraine. The organisation needs support now more than ever due to the atrocities of war waged by Putin. Women and children have been deeply affected by the developing conflict in Ukraine, and an estimated 1.5 million refugees have been forced to flee Ukraine, with women and children particularly vulnerable to exploitation, violence and abuse.
This humanitarian organisation champions children’s rights and gender equality for girls. In the UK, they have successfully introduced sex eduction into the national curriculum, promoting period eduction, breaking taboos around menstruation and working towards an end of period poverty. Internationally, they are striving to end child marriage and gender-based violence; and promote better education for girls.
Homeless Period Belfast
“Everyone deserves a dignified period”
Homeless Period Belfast was formed to end period poverty and break the taboo surrounding menstruation. Many homeless and disadvantaged people struggle to gain access to period products, meaning this can be an awful and embarrassing experience. This organisation collects donations of essential period products to create packs and deliver them to those most in need. To help end period poverty, message their Facebook or Instagram page and they will direct you to donation points or to their Amazon Wish List.